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BMC's Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Division

The Developmental and Behavioral Division at Boston Medical Center (BMC) evaluates and diagnoses children from birth to age 18 for developmental delays that include:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning and cognitive disabilities
  • Gross and fine motor and communication disorders
  • Developmental impact of Congenital Genetic syndromes
  • Closed head injuries and cerebral palsy
  • Emotional and behavioral problems including post-traumatic stress

As a specialty clinic, the Division evaluates the patient and recommends treatment in collaboration with the primary care physician.

Emphasizing early intervention, the Division's "Three within Three" program evaluates children aged three or younger within three weeks of referral.

Expert care and patient-focused approach.
Under the direction of Marilyn Augustyn, MD, the team of six board-certified developmental and behavioral pediatricians and two certified nurse practitioners provide expert diagnostic services using a three-visit comprehensive consultative approach.

The three-visit consultation begins by interviewing the parent(s) about the child and obtaining a history, including relevant medical and school tests. The second session is a cognitive-behavioral evaluation of the child. In the third meeting, the BMC physician discusses diagnosis and treatment with the family.

This patient-focused, three-visit consultative model enables each clinician to get to know patients and families well and tailor treatment to each patient and family.

Innovative technologies and treatment options.
All six of the BMC clinic's board-certified developmental and behavioral pediatricians are trained in state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures, including administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the gold standard of autism diagnosis.

For selected disorders, such as autism, the BMC clinicians may follow treatment of the patient through adulthood. They partner with BMC's renowned Good Grief Program to assess and counsel traumatized children.

Family-centered support.
BMC's approach centers on the patient and the family and also extends to the community: the BMC clinicians engage all three to accelerate and sustain positive outcomes.

A team of autism specialists staffs the Division's Autism Resource Center. They guide families in managing treatment; education; and enlisting support from community resources. The Division maintains strong relationships with state and local agencies and school systems and knows how to work within complex urban settings on behalf of the families who receive its services.

Multicultural services.
Serving families with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, the Division closely collaborates with BMC's Interpreter Services, the most extensive in New England, to provide culturally-competent care to patients in a wide variety of languages.  

Leader in field.
Established in the early '70s, the BMC Division was the first in the region dedicated to developmental and behavioral issues of children. BMC is a founding member of the Autism Consortium, a coalition of all the major teaching hospitals in Greater Boston.

Dr. Augustyn heads one of the region's first postgraduate programs in this subspecialty, currently training four fellows. She also directs the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine, where she is an associate professor. Dr. Augustyn is co-editor of The Zuckerman Parker Handbook of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics for Primary Care and is the DBP section editor for the online journal Up-To-Date.

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is part of the Pediatric Specialty Group at BMC providing high quality comprehensive and compassionate care to children, adolescents and young adults, including: Asthma/Allergy, Cardiology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Growth & Nutrition, Hematology, Infectious Disease, International Health & Travel, Menstrual Disorders, Sleep Disorders and Neurology.

Call BMC Connect at 877.781.4763 to schedule an appointment or consultation.

Learn more about BMC's leading Development and Behavioral Division, which provides expert diagnostic services and a consultative approach to tailor treatment programs to each patient and family.

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